PILLAR, Andrew Robert

Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
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Captain Andrew Pillar received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
On the night of 13 June 1982 on the Island of East Falkland, 40 Commando Royal Marines were advancing on the Sapper Hill feature, 3 kilometres to the west of Port Stanley. Captain Pillar was commanding the leading company when they became entrapped in an unmarked anti personnel minefield and subjected to sporadic enemy artillery fire. Despite a danger to his own person from continuing explosions, Captain Pillar returned through the minefield to organise the evacuation of casualties from the rear of his Company. His presence and calm example gave the Company confidence throughout a long dangerous night. For his fine leadership, courage and resolve, Captain Pillar is recommended for Mention in Despatches [2].
  • 14 November 1995 the then Lt. Colonel Andrew Robert Pillar was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the previous year [3].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12842.
[2] National Archive file WO373/188/198.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 54212, page 15367.

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